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^ministers of religion, those at least w he cordially enlarger their views to the extent l?f th^i^duty, to the unequivocal import of j^pyowSr which are upon them, ceasemo* to..labour from house to house; and privately to impress on each individual; .as prudence and opportunity may allow, the injunction, the warning, or the encouragesaent, of which he more especially stand* jn,..need,;Thi|sS to all throughout the Christian world is the gospel of salvation ICAt, :Hpw is it received? As it was among the Jews at Rome: Some believe ^e things which are spoken; and some telieye them not.; If there be any differ* ^nce.abetween the two cases, it is this; Among the Jewish nation, collectively considered, there was, on the one hand, piore open unbelief; and, on the other, more Ifnperity in christian profession, than exists at, pfefeot. They who did not believe that Jesus Christ came from God, feeling no.worldly motive to induce them to dift. semble their unbelief, avowed it, and acted upon it. They who were convinced of the truth of the gospel, and embraced the Christian faith, having no worldly motive |e lead/them to profess ai fiejigign: whkh was every where spqjken agqinst and perscvsrrj *l cuted,

tuted, usually became Christians under the influence of decided piety. But in these days, when to be a declared unbeliever, is commonly regarded as disgraceful; theri are to be found within the pale «f the Christian Church many persons who have no stedfast belief in the gospel. And as in these more mild and enlightened countries, no danger hangs over the head of any man in consequence of his being outwardly 'a disciple of Christ; there is seerfc among professed Christians a far greater proportion of the careless and the lukewarm than was to be discerned by the Apostles among their converts. Now let it be always and stedfastly remembered, that the Scriptures universally represent as unbelievers not only those whose blindness and impietyHlfeat the Christian revelation as a falsehood, as a cunningly devised fable, as an invention of men; but those also who hold the truth iff unrighteousness; those who believe abstractedly, but not practically; those who' believe, and do not obey; those who believe with the understanding, but helieve not with the heart unto justification*. A dead faith is no faith. It has no claim through Christ to the rewards of faith. It

• Rom. i. »$.-*. i«. k* "r may tfnzyhrbgWjnev&eK' more sinful '^nd.'*ki&gerous than open unbelief. To sin against feiofflledgeftnay be, under possible cirtwfaJ&a.nœs,' more flagitious than to offend tihfojugh wilful ignorance. Not to believe in Ghrift. may sometimes be owing chiefly^tb .guilty unconcern. To believe that he came *ff©m,God, and despise his commandment, jgfyft be, in. the language of the Pfakntst, $& great vffwce, must be presumptuous Jin, Whytjarejfihe Gentiles pronounced to have been .Atheists, without God in the world^.f Keeaufe,though they knew God, they gloj^€ed(hi©o»ot AS:iGod.; He is fehefwbrst .piLAtheists* who acknowledges that therie •isja <3^^an4.wiU not obey him. He who outwardly xonfeffes1 Christ, and practically denies Him, may be the woeft of:unbtiiev£rft. horj u :..' xl ai: .-i si :sbru?JA i!.Cairfider^ thei characteristic features r>at>f the two classes, inlsf which the multitudes to iwhom the gospel is now preached.are'divided. ;So me belieye the things which are spoken, and somebelieve them mot..: u sir

'I. Advert primarily to those who belieVe. When you cast ybiir eyes Upon the mass

of professed Christians,' you observe among 01:. joi' . >j sin bt.,kv ol ,t'.t.. •i .'''j . I ,

'..,. them thietai^set ofittiestiftianifestly separa«ed(ftftd

distinguished from the crowds JYoiP 'f&

them . separated from the. pollutions.ffcijr

hwhlbh they are surrounded; ,and distift

iguished by views and principles different

cfTomfr -those which govern the world that

Xmxh. in wickedness. These are they ^vhich

,believfe. Approach them.more neariyv'an#

^exaibine them closely. Inspects their istOiS

duct; contemplate their object ;-iftvefti

gate their motives. What is the- i^ftilrVof

ybfcr observation and inqau^? '¥<kinpfc#

ceive: these persons more ''gffidiious - thAi

others in frequenting public^Wofihip 5 Wot

like others, glad to catch at eitousfes, ftthdeo

c&bricate pretences for beingrahfeat; .'but

.^contriving leisure, and submitting towotld

Jyinconvenience, and even loss, , thattheir

attendance on the House of God may Hmt

'be interrupted. You perceive them.feru

spukmfly regular in presenting themselves ?at

ifhe sacramental table. You perceive them

<; dedicating those parts of the sabbath, which

are unoccupied by public devotion,":notito

JdJe^gss,;not so, trifles, noi;.tQ^hj'adjust

^mentr;of domestic concerns, ^ut, tq #ious

'ing discourse, to works of mercy; not cribbing off corners and portions 'for secular


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employments; not fluctuating with an internal struggle between conscience and Mammon; not weary and impatient like the Jews, who turned again and again their eyes to the dial, and exclaimed, "When *' will the Sabbath be gone, that we may set "forth wheat *? not purloining the afternoon for festivities of the table; nor, under the scanty semblance of devotion, prostituting the evening to mufical recreation; but. faithfully conceding the whole period of sacred rest to such occupations as befit the day which God has hallowed unto himself; such occupations as comport with a special preparation for eternity; such occupations as are consistent with the tranquillity, leisure, and edification of their households; such occupations as are adapted to cause the day to be a blessing to their souls. In the midst of this their christian strictness, you behold no ostentation, no superstition, no sourness, no gloom. You fee something in their manner and deportment which shews that this service is not a matter of form, but that it come3 from the heart: that the man does not render it by constraint, tut that he would be unhappy if he did not

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